Sachem High School East Science Research sophomore Ryan Meehan was among 16 high school students from New York City and Long Island chosen to participate in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Professor for a Day program. Ryan attended the “Plant Genomes & Biotechnology: From Genes to Networks” professional conference on Nov. 30.
Throughout the workshop, Ryan learned about the development and use of biotechnology and genomic tools in economically important plant species, such as forest and fruit species, cereals, legumes and medicinal plants, and the reasons why these species are profoundly important to human civilization. Additionally, he was able to take a firsthand look inside the world of professional researchers and learn how they interact, share ideas and learn from each other.
As part of the district’s Science Research program, Ryan has been studying the effects of ecological changes on living systems for the past two years. His research emphasizes the fact that human health is directly linked to environmental health.